As this year’s MTV Video Music Awards came to a close last night (August 28), Young Money honcho Lil Wayne and his show-ending performance was a much-discussed topic among fans and industry insiders who had been clamoring to discover what exactly the New Orleans native would bring to the VMA stage. The murmurs were hushed finally near the conclusion of the VMAs, and although it began slowly, Lil Wayne hyped up the audience by suddenly morphing into full rock-star mode.
Starting with his hit rap ballad “How To Love,” Wayne lulled the crowd with his Auto-Tuned vocals before ramping up the energy to 10 with a rock-fueled rendition of his single “John” (sans the feature verse from Maybach Music Group boss Rick Ross). Rapping partly over the actual vocals from the track, Lil Wayne dashed madly about the stage while delivering his verses and even jumped into the crowd to salute Ross during the track’s hook.
Fans tuning in to catch Tunechi’s performance took to Twitter, as a bevy of comments continued to pour in hours later. The event had so much fanfare attached to it that even news anchor Katie Couric was caught up in the hype. “Are any of you watching #VMAs? @twitter is buzzing! Need 2 tune in & see my friend @LilTunechi aka Lil Wayne! ("I'm a gangsta, Miss Katie"),” tweeted Couric.
Some critical fans had plenty to say about Lil Wayne’s fashion choice for the performance, with some users going for the jugular. “Lil wayne kinda lost. He's reaching for two crowds, hood and skater sides. Unfortunately, the hood doesn't accept zebra pants wearin bloods,” tweeted a disappointed @onBROADWAYst.
But other Wayne fans were excited, giving props to the performance. “You know Lil Wayne is a badass when he is done performing when he throws down the guitar and mic stand. #realtalk,” tweeted a supportive @bigcov. Fan @iamBabyC gave Wayne props for his performance but still sided with The Throne’s rendition of “Otis” as the tops for the night. “Respects to LIL WAYNE but Like I Said BEST PERFORMANCE --> Kanye West & Jay Z!!!” read his tweet.
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